SIDDIPET/HYDERABAD : A day after the alleged suicide of Kukunoorpally sub-inspector of police created a stir and confusion whether he ended his life due to harassment of senior officials or his suicide was linked to the death of a beautician in Hyderabad, the state police department was rattled by reports of two other police officials _ an inspector and a sub-inspector _ attempting suicide or threatening to commit suicide due to harassment by senior officials.
The Siddipet police commissionerate has been in the news for the past one year with three SI-rank officials, two of them attached to Kukunoorpally police station, shooting themselves to death with their service revolvers.
Taking a serious view of it, director-general of police Anurag Sharma sent two senior IPS officers to the district to inquire into the allegations of harassment by senior officials.
Meanwhile, highly-placed sources said that an inspector-rank officer attached to the commissionerate had, in the recent past, attempted suicide citing harassment by senior officials. “The officer consumed sleeping pills but was saved,” a source said, adding that the inspector later got transferred to the Hyderabad city police.
Another SI too allegedly threatened to commit suicide due to harassment by senior officials, sources said. It is also learnt that a senior police officer in the commissionerate limits has recently held a meeting with several police officers, including the deceased SI, and ‘counselled’ them on certain issues. It is learnt that Prabhakar Reddy too has been facing harassment from his higher-ups since his posting at the police station after the death of Ramakrishna Reddy.
“Prabhakar Reddy was already facing harassment at the hands of his seniors and as the seniors got to know about beautician Sirisha’s death in Hyderabad and the SI’s links to it, they (senior officials) allegedly threatened to take him to task,” sources said, adding it might have prompted the SI to take the extreme step.
Meanwhile, Forensic officials, who conducted post mortem on the body of Sirisha, found injuries on her face. There was no indication that the woman was sexually assaulted, sources said.
“We have formed several teams and are co-ordinating with the police from Siddipet in connection with the suicides. Once we get the post mortem report, we will initiate action,” police said. Task Force sleuths have taken into custody RJ Photography Institute owner Vallabhaneni Raj Kumar alias Rajiv and his friend Sravan Kumar for questioning.
Police recorded the statement of Tejaswini, girlfriend of Rajiv, in connection with Sirisha’s death. Sources said Tejaswini and Sirisha had a chat on WhatsApp regarding Rajiv. The tower location and call record revealed that Sirisha, Rajiv and Sravan had gone to Kuknoorpally. Police collected Google map point of location sent by Sirisha to her husband Satish. According to it, she was 71 km away from Hyderabad on the night of June 12.